Paint the Town–The MMXVI Gala
Saturday, December 3, 2016
Children are back in school, cooler weather is on its way, and excitement is starting to build for this year’s LRMA gala. Sandra and Stevie Bateman will chair this year’s “Paint the Town” gala which will be held Saturday evening, December 3.
“Stevie and I have always loved having fun with our families and friends…be it a quiet setting or a grand celebration! We enjoy traveling, experiencing new things, meeting new friends and making unforgettable memories. When asked to host this year’s gala, we decided on a theme that raises a toast to revelry and living life to the fullest with family and friends. We hope all LRMA members will join us on December 3rd to make lasting memories and, most of all, raise money as we Paint the Town.
The 2016 gala will feature live and silent auctions, dinner, and dancing. The Live Action solicitation will be directed by Debbie and Dick Yoder and Kathy and Mark Posey will oversee the Silent Action. Randy Jackson will head up Decorations with Amelia Crumbly chairing Auction Display. Katy and Stevens Bateman will serve as Food & Beverage Chairmen. The Gala Preview Party will be hosted by the LRMA Guild of Docents and Volunteers on Thursday, December 1 and co-chaired by Sylvia Abney and Chick Occhipinti.
Fabulous art, exciting trips, and unique jewelry will highlight the Live Auction, while the Silent Auction features dinners and travel opportunities, gifts for ladies and gents, artwork, items for the home, and just in time for Christmas–a category dedicated to children.
Arguably the area’s most elegant and anticipated event each year, the black-tie gala is the single largest fundraiser for LRMA programs and exhibitions.
The Lauren Rogers Museum of Art Gala, held the first Saturday evening of December, is arguably the area’s most elegant and anticipated event of the year. Set in the galleries of Mississippi’s first art museum and complete with a fabulous dining experience, dancing, and spirited bidding, this event draws approximately 300 guests each year from New Orleans to Seattle.
Original artwork by prominent regional artists, exciting trips, and unique jewelry highlight the Live Auction, while the Silent Auction features dinners, gifts, artwork, weekend getaways, and antiques.
The Gala Preview Party is presented by the LRMA Guild of Docents and Volunteers on the Thursday evening prior to the Gala. The Preview Party provides an opportunity for Gala patrons and Auction donors to familiarize themselves with the items in the Silent Auction and begin bidding on their favorites.
The Museum’s primary fund-raising event, the black-tie Gala routinely raises more than $80,000 annually for LRMA programs and exhibitions.